Saturday, November 6, 2010

NEWTOWN: I have a dream mural

(King St, Newtown, Sydney)

The "I have a dream" mural is one of the most iconic in Australia.

It depicts the famous phrase spoken by Martin Luther King Jr. Above this is his face sided with a cloud-encased globe.

The black background is mixed at the bottom with the other colours of the Indigenous Australian flag.

This draws a link between the US Civil Rights Movement and Indigenous socio-economic struggle still faced today.

This was painted by Andrew Aiken, Juilee Pryor and Matthew Peet in 1991.

Twelve months before he worked on the mural, Aiken fled the UK after murdering a man he squatted with. He buried him in a cellar.

In 1997, Aiken turned himself in to British police and is now serving a life sentence.







4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Matthew wasn't actually involved in this creation of this mural... it's a common misconception but it's not true

Omar said...

Thanks for letting me know.

Jackie Te-Aroha said...

Great Post, Very informational :)

Omar said...

You're welcome Jackie. Thanks for the comment!